If Christ is going to reign on earth, why is Scripture silent about the nature of that temporary earthly kingdom? If there is no mention of the millennium as a temporary period of blessing elsewhere in the Bible, how could something so significant fail to be mentioned elsewhere? Scripture does not speak beyond what we read in Revelation 20. What is the reason for a millennium? Do nations continue to exist as if Christ is not reigning? Do people still sin? Do Christians have to die a second time? Does death continue? Do we marry and produce children?
Finally, there is a roaring silence about Jews in the millennium.
But if John is contrasting the saints’ life and reign in Heaven with those who die outside of Christ, and therefore not introducing the idea of an earthly millennium, we do not have to attempt to answer the above questions. The millennium becomes an awkward parenthesis, a pause between the coming of the kingdom in Christ and its consummation at his final coming. To what purpose? We must ask. The teaching of a thousand-year earthly reign delays and derails the hope Christians have for a total fulfillment of God’s promise to dwell with us forever.